Children & Youth

Early Childhood – Holiday Programs

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Learning Links offers a range of fun and educational group programs for children aged 4-6 years during the NSW school holidays. In July our programs will be run from our Bella Vista, Gledswood Hills, Liverpool and Peakhurst Learning Centres and have been specifically tailored for small groups of 6-8 children to ensure our professionals can support the individual strengths and needs of each child. School Holiday Programs are a fantastic way to support learning and development for preschool and in the lead up to starting primary school.

View our July 2020 School Holiday Program schedule >

Play and Learning to Socialise (PALS)

Social skills program for 4-6 year olds

PALS is an evidence-based social skills program for 4-6 year olds, to help children develop a range of social behaviours that will help them build friendships and get along with others.

The program is suitable for young children who may need additional support in social situations or for those preparing to start preschool or kindergarten.

What is included in the program?

The program consists of small-group sessions (up to 6 children per group), and is delivered by a psychologist with the use of puppets, story-telling, games, roleplay and activities to teach the children the various skills.

Learning Links runs the program over 2 days (2 hours/day).

How will my child benefit?

The PALS program aims to:

  • help children relate to others.
  • teach children constructive problem-solving skills for social situations.
  • promote skills for school adjustment

The sessions will teach the children a range of essential social skills including problem-solving skills, greeting others, talking and listening, taking turns at play and sharing, empathy and understanding feelings, overcoming fear and anxiety, asking for help, managing frustration and calming down.


The 2 day PALs program (2 hours/day) is $225.

The program is registered under the NDIS.

PALS will be running at Bella Vista, Gledswood Hills and Peakhurst during the July School Holidays. More details >


Prep to Read – not running in the July School Holidays

School readiness program for children starting kindy

If your child is starting kindy in 2020, Prep to Read is an interactive and lively small group program to help them get ready for learning to read and write. Using fun and engaging activities, children will prepare for the classroom by learning important skills like sounding out letters and words to start to build phonemic awareness.

The program is suitable for children who may need some additional support developing their foundational literacy skills before school.

What is included in the program?

The program will be run by Learning Links’ speech pathologists, with 3 x 2-hour small group sessions (up to 8 children per group).

Children will be assessed on their foundational literacy skills at the start of the program and parents will be provided with a report at the end of the sessions, with information and recommendations for you to provide to your child’s kindergarten teacher.

How will my child benefit?

This intensive intervention program will support children to prepare for school by helping them:

  • Learn how to break words into smaller parts, eg. syllables and sounds
  • Identify sounds in words
  • Learn the alphabet and sounds that letters make
  • Write their name

Building these literacy skills is so important in the first year of school, so the program aims to help children develop their understanding and awareness to get the best possible start in kindy.


The 3 day Prep to Read program (2 hours/day) is $295, including the initial assessment and report.


Paint and Tell – not running in the July School Holidays

Art and storytelling program for 4-6 year olds

If your child has a creative flair and would enjoy the chance to create art to tell stories, Paint and Tell is a fantastic new program to help them develop their storytelling skills in a fun and exciting way.

The program is suitable for children 4-6 years old, who would love to share art and stories in a supportive group environment.

What is included in the program?

The program consists of small-group sessions (up to 8 children per group), delivered by speech pathologists. Children will be encouraged to experiment with art as a way to develop their expressive language.

Learning Links runs the program over 2 days (2 hours/day).

How will my child benefit?

Throughout the program, children will explore their creative side and be supported to practice skills
such as:

  • Expressive language, including grammar and vocabulary
  • Structure a story – beginning, middle and end
  • Using descriptive language to describe characters and events
  • Storytelling and presenting to a group

This is a fantastic way for children to build confidence with their language and creativity in the lead up to school.


The 2 day Paint and Tell program (2 hours/day) is $180.


LEGO® Based Therapy – not running in the July School Holidays

Social skills program for 5-12 year olds

LEGO® Based Therapy is a small group program, proven to help children with social difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to improve and practice their social interaction and communication skills.

During the program duration, children are introduced to one another and are empowered to interact, collaborate and socialise with their peers, while having fun, in a supportive and understanding environment.

In the sessions, children learn a clear set of rules and LEGO® building skills. They agree upon a project that is achievable for everyone in the group, and are assigned roles.

  • The Architect holds the building instructions, and is responsible for letting the others know which bricks are required (supplier) and how to put them together (builder).
  • The Supplier holds the LEGO® bricks necessary to assemble the LEGO® model, and is responsible for supplying the builder with the correct pieces and at the correct time.
  • The Builder is responsible for taking the individual pieces from the supplier, and putting the pieces together, according to the instructions given by the architect, to create the model.

Roles are rotated throughout the sessions so children can learn different skills and responsibilities

What’s included in the program?

The program consists of an initial interview with the child and parent, followed by small-group child sessions with a maximum of 6 children per group.

How will my child benefit?

The LEGO® Based Therapy program uses the principles of Play Therapy to help children communicate and socialise with one another.

By partaking in group tasks and rotating roles, children learn important skills like:

  •  Sharing
  • Waiting
  • Turn-taking
  • Talking with others
  • Making friends

LEGO® Based Therapy is running as a 12-week small group program during Term 3 in 2020. Visit our Social Skills Programs page for more information or call our Customer Care team on 1300 003 900.